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aaron rodgers

Lead Pastor
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Aaron grew up in Arkansas and graduated from Ouachita Baptist University with his B.A. in Biblical Studies and then in 2012 with an M.A. in Theology from Liberty Seminary. For 10 years he served in youth ministry and has been pastoring college students since 2010. Aaron joined The Salt Network team in July 2016 to continue the vision of planting next-generational churches. He is passionate about seeing college students actively involved in the local, multi-generational church. Aaron has been married for 11 years to Kristen and has two children, Korben (9) and Klaire (6).

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Caleb Thompson

Salt Director
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Caleb grew up in Southern Illinois and graduated in 2015 from Union University in Tennessee. Brandie is from Alabama and graduated in 2016 from the University of North Alabama. They were married in November of 2016 and have a newborn baby girl named Mila Kate. Caleb joined The Salt Network team in July 2017 to be trained and sent as the Salt Director to the University of Kansas. Their family is excited to follow God's call to join with a church plant that seeks to multiply the gospel in Lawrence and at the University of Kansas.


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Ali Ford

Salt Company Coordinator +
Women’s Ministry Leader

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Ali grew up in Northern Iowa and attended Iowa State University. While at ISU, a fellow swimmer invited her to attend The Salt Company, where she accepted Jesus for the first time. After graduating from ISU in 2015, Ali joined Salt Staff full-time. She and her husband Bennett met through Salt in 2014 and got married in August of 2016. They are excited to move (with their pets) to Lawrence to serve the community and reach students at KU.

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Dana Drege

Worship Pastor
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Dana was born in North Dakota and raised by Gospel loving parents. After graduating he attended Grace University in Omaha, NE. During this time, he fell in love with Jesus and His church. In 2013, Dana graduated with his bachelors degree in worship ministry and Biblical Studies. He has been serving the church for over 10 years. Dana, his wife Kirstie, and son Crusoe have lived and served in Ames for the last 2 years and are very excited about moving to Lawrence.

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Brooke Cagle

Creative Arts Coordinator
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Brooke grew up in Fort Smith, Arkansas and graduated with a B.A. in Graphic Design from the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith. She has been actively pursuing design and photography since 2008. She made the move to Iowa in July of 2017 and is excited to take on the role of Creative Arts Coordinator on the Lawrence staff team. She couldn't be more thrilled to hit the ground running in Kansas and be a part of the work God has for the team and the city of Lawrence.

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kelly fischer

Story Hill Coordinator +
Kids Ministry Leader

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Kelly grew up in Ames, Iowa and started attending Cornerstone church as a junior in high school. While studying early childhood education at Iowa State University, she was deeply involved in Salt Company and worked as an intern and part-time staffer with Cornerstone children's ministry ! Now, a wife and mom of three, Kelly is excited to join the staff team at Story Hill and be a part of a ministry that had such a significant impact on her life as a college student.

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earl witham

Salt Company Resident
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Earl grew up in Manson, Iowa and recently graduated from the University of Northern Iowa in May with a B.A. in Psychology. While at UNI he was a part of The Salt Company Cedar Falls and Candeo Church. He is the Salt Resident for Salt Lawrence and will be working on a seminary degree through CST. Earl is excited for the opportunity to serve the students of KU and be apart of what God is going to do in Lawrence.